SPS Deep Dive – Crayola Plana

I am a big fan of tabling Acropora and one classic I dig is the Crayola Plana. This Acropora plana has a cream colored base, purple tips and green polyps. It is a beautiful mix of contrasting colors, worthy of its Crayola Crayon nickname.


The Crayola plana sports thin, dense branches and can exhibit a lot […]

SPS Deep Dive – Jackson’s Rainbow Tenuis

These days rainbow Acropora tenuis are very popular among SPS collectors. Many of these corals are shown under blue lights to highlight their florescent […]

Top 5 Most Underrated (and CHEAP) SPS Corals

There are SO many SPS corals to choose from these days and many are being sold at ridiculously high prices. Sorry, but I can’t justify paying a few […]

Top 5 Fastest Growing SPS Corals

There is a well known saying out there that says good things come to those who wait. This saying is certainly relevant to keeping an SPS reef tank since patience is a critical component to having success. Years ago folks, […]

Can You Have Too Much Coral in a Reef Tank?

Is it possible to have too much coral in a reef tank? You bet. Certain SPS colonies in my 187 gallon tank have become way  […]

How to Keep SPS Coral Part 4: Testing Your Aquarium

Today there are a few options available for keeping tabs on how a tank is doing. Perhaps the most common method is to use hobby-grade test kits like those from […]

How to Keep SPS Coral Part 3: Selection & Placement

One key to keeping an eye catching SPS dominated reef is to plan ahead and think about what the reef might look like in a year or two when it matures. Do your […]

How to Keep SPS Coral Part 2: Aquascaping & Planning Ahead

When I started out in this hobby many years ago I have to admit I was clueless when it came to properly aquascaping a […]

How to Keep SPS Coral Part 1: Testing, Lighting, and Flow

SPS or small polyp stony corals are typically found in the shallow parts of our world’s coral reefs in areas with intense light and turbulent water. These corals […]

SPS Deep Dive: Acropora millepora

There are so many eye catching SPS corals in this hobby but beauty, as the saying goes, is in the eye of the […]